Funding options for language trips abroad
Very good knowledge of foreign languages are the nuts and bolts of the world of work today and the basis for a successful career. Through a language course abroad, you can not only learn a new language or improve your existing language skills, but also intensively interact with the local people in the culture and the peculiarities of the country itself.
In many cases, it is not known at all that there are numerous subsidy opportunities from the federal government and the federal states - so if you use them wisely, you do not have to invest as much in your pocket as you might think. The following FAQ list answers the most important questions on the topic:
Can I apply for my language course abroad?
Educational leave can not be applied for in all Länder. The statutory regulations for the application vary greatly from one state to another. Currently, there are educational holidays in the following states:
- Lower Saxony
In NRW, only language courses within 500 km are recognized as an education leave from the national border - more distant language travel destinations in USA or South America are thus excluded here.
What does education leave exactly?
If your language holiday is recognized as an educational leave by your employer, you will generally receive 5 additional days of paid leave per calendar year. If you are under 25, then in some federal states you can even benefit from 10 paid vacation days for educational leave.
As a rule, the language course should include at least 30 lessons per week. As a one-week language course abroad is hardly sufficient to make good learning progress, it is recommended to add at least one more week's own holiday.
In principle, every employee from 25 years who has at least 6 months in the claim Company is busy. Prerequisite: You bring added value to your company by improving your language skills and are then better or more versatile.
What are the options for applying for my language course abroad?
If you can not apply for an educational leave or if you would like to apply for a grant for your educational leave, you should consider whether you can apply for a subsidy for the language course costs through federal and state funding.
- The federal government's funding option
The educational bonus is granted nationwide, regardless of the state. In this context, a distinction is made between the premium voucher and the savings coupon (also referred to as continuing education savings).
The conditions for a Rewards coupon are:
- In the form of the premium voucher 50% (max. 1000 €), you will be entitled to reimburse the full course price for each two calendar years.
- You must pay the remaining costs yourself, not your employer.
- They must be at least 25 years old.
- You must have a taxable annual income of 20.000 € (together with a spouse of max. 40.000 €).
- And you must have an average of at least 15 lessons per week (or parent or nursing).
The conditions for a savings coupon are:
In addition to the education bonus, you can even finance a somewhat more expensive or long-term language course with a savings account, the so-called "continuing education".
- For the savings account, there is no fixed income maximum as with the education bonus.
- The only prerequisite here is that you have a certain amount of savings in accordance with the Wealth Creation Act.
- The savings account allows you to use this credit for a language course prematurely.
- Nevertheless, you still have the right to the employee benefit allowance.
Qualification check, qualification checks, etc. - promotion possibilities of the federal states
In addition to the above-mentioned educational bonus, there are different funding options in each federal state. The educational qualifications in NRW, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the qualification certificates in Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate are among the best known in this context.
Unification is not possible because the scope of funding, the requirements and the specific legal guidelines are set individually by each state. Everywhere you get a grant to the pure language course costs.
The Education check in NRW for example, Eg particularly low-skilled or non-continuing employees from companies with fewer than 250 employees, whose taxable income is limited to max. 30.000 € (for couples of max. 60.000, - €).
One can use an educational check if the last professional training is two years or more and 50 is replaced by the pure language costs (max. 500 €).
At QualiScheck in Rhineland-Palatinate you can max. 500 € per calendar year for a language course as a grant. The QualiScheck can be used by persons with a taxable annual income of more than 20.000 € (40.000 € for spouses).
If your annual income is below 20.000 € (40.000 € for spouses), you can use the QualiScheck if the costs of the pure language course are above 1000 €.
Can I combine different funding options?
Incidentally, it is not possible to combine different promotion possibilities, B. Bildungsprämie AND Qualischeck. A double conveyor is thus excluded.
If you want to get an overall view of all funding opportunities offered regionally, nationally, nationally or even across the EU, you will find detailed information in this Funding Database.
Where can I find advice?
With renowned language travel providers like Linguland language travel an international expert team in customer service will advise you in a competent, transparent and comprehensive way, which language school in which country is eligible for an education holiday for your federal state.
You will receive the necessary background information on all funding options that you can use in your particular case as well as help with the application process. So you are in the best hands so that your language course abroad is not only an unforgettable, but also a good financeable experience!
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